Shiny and modern, the Legend is one of the really lovely hotels in Paris, so I was happy to call it my home for a few sparkly Christmas days in the City of Light. I was greeted by an elegant and enchanting decor featuring clever owl lamps, artful tree branches, minilights and friendly front desk staff who appeased me by letting me practice my French skills.
Upon check-in, the staff gifted me a bottle of Taittinger Champagne, with two glasses because “on ne sait jamais.” But I was in Paris on my own for these days, a short escape from my current place of residence in Rouen, and a chance to fulfill what may well be the fantasy of most women—Christmas in Paris. I had a plan, and that plan included creating some unforgettable Christmas moments in this incredible city and at this wonderful hotel.
That afternoon, I left the Montparnasse shopping district where the Legend is located and headed directly to the Christmas market at the Champs Elysées to wander and absorb the bustling atmosphere, drink hot mulled wine and catch a glimpse of the schedule of the Grande Roue de Paris for the next day. I had every intention of riding that famous Ferris wheel first thing Christmas morning.
I returned in the early evening to my garden-suite room, my peaceful escape from the surge of the city, and devoured a dinner of chocolate fondant cake and Champagne while I readied myself for Christmas Eve mass at Notre Dame.
The moon was fantastic and the queue to enter the cathedral not long; it was a beautiful night. I found myself well seated among locals and tripists, everyone wanting to share in this holy night in this magical city. One hour later, the boisterous organs piped us out of the church with spirit while new crowds filed in for the next service. I wandered along the Seine, enjoying a late-night crêpe, and watched Christmas go by in Paris.